The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

Policies

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees including the Mason Core. Integrative studies students may fulfill lower level Mason Core requirements through approved integrative studies (INTS) coursework. Students pursuing a BA in integrative studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 15 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. These 30 INTS credits fulfill the writing intensive and synthesis Mason Core requirements.

Students must complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core). A maximum of 15 credits of INTS 399 Study Abroad can be applied to the major. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the major. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-BA-INTS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391Understanding Integrative Studies3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Available Concentrations

Concentration in Childhood Studies (CHDS)

Students complete the following coursework:

Seven Required Courses (minimum of 22 credits)
INTS 312Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film3-6
INTS 316Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)4
INTS 317Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)3-4
or INTS 321 Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 313Child Development3
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3-4
or SOCI 313 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Mason Core)
Total Credits22-27
Additional Courses
Select three courses from the following:9-18
Children and Media
Youth and Conflict
Critical Study of Children's Literature
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Violence and Gender
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Youth, Music, Social Change
Youth Resistance and Advocacy
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)
Strategies for Nutrition Education
Community Nutrition
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Nutrition and Chronic Illnesses
Nutrition and Weight Management: Obesity, Anorexia, and Bulimia
Sport Based Youth Development
Adolescent Development
Personality Theory
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Child and Family Welfare
Sociology of Delinquency
Youth Culture and Society
Oher relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits9-18

Concentration in International Studies (INST)

Students complete the following coursework:

Language Proficiency

All students must demonstrate language proficiency at the intermediate level through coursework (a Mason course numbered 202) or proficiency testing.

Foundational Courses
INTS 303Introduction to International Studies3
INTS 362Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)3
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment3-4
or INTS 406 Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Total Credits9-10
Religious Studies
Select one course from the following:3
Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core)
Religion and Politics
Religion, Values, and Globalization
Women in the World's Religions
Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core)
Total Credits3
Geography
Select one course from the following:3
Global Environmental Hazards
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Economic Geography
Total Credits3
Globalization
Select one course from the following:3
Civilizations
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)
Globalization and Culture
Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)
Digital Futures
Globalization and Society (Mason Core)
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
Total Credits3
Sustainability
Select one course from the following:3-6
Sustainable World (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Conservation Biology (Mason Core)
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-6
Politics
Select one course from the following:3
Political Anthropology (Mason Core)
Political Geography
International Relations Theory
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Total Credits3
Social Action and Conflict Transformation
Select one course from the following:3-6
Law and Justice (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Total Credits3-6
Creative Arts
Select one course from the following:3-4
World Dance (Mason Core)
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)
Global Voices (Mason Core)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Musics of the World (Mason Core)
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
World Stages (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-4
Electives
Select three electives 19-12
Total Credits9-12

Concentration in Leadership and Organizational Development (LODV)

Required Courses

Understanding the interdisciplinary nature of leadership and its application to personal, organizational and societal development

INTS 204Leadership Theory and Practice4
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
Total Credits8
Additional Course

Developing a heightened sense of self, including: inner knowledge, core values, intersecting identities, well-being, and impact on others

Select one course from the following:3-4
Women and Leadership
Mindfullness, Meaning Well-Being
Science of Well Being
Total Credits3-4
Additional Course

Understanding ethical approaches to leadership and change, and applying ethics in personal and organizational processes

Select one course from the following:3-4
Ethics and Leadership
Business Ethics
Ethics and Economics
Total Credits3-4
Additional Course

Understanding team and organizational learning

Select one course from the following:3-4
Work Effectiveness Skills
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-4
Additional Course

Demonstrating competence in personal and professional communication

Select one course from the following:3-4
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)
Small Group Communication
Issues in Intercultural Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Total Credits3-4
Additional Courses
Select four courses from the following that have not already been taken to fulfill a core concentration requirement.12-18
Survey of Accounting
Accounting for Decision Making
Legal Environment of Business
Business Analytics I
Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements
Business Analytics II
Financial Management
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving
Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Work Effectiveness Skills
Principles of Fund Raising
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Principles of Marketing
Operations Management
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
The Future of Work
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits12-18

Concentration in Legal Studies (LGLS)

Required Courses
PHIL 173Logic and Critical Thinking3
INTS 300Law and Justice (Mason Core)3
CRIM 423Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
or GOVT 423 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
CRIM 424Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights3
or CRIM 430 Criminal Law
Total Credits12
Advanced Writing or Research Course
Select one course from the following:3
Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric
Writing Nonfiction Genres
Professional and Technical Writing
Forms of Nonfiction
Research for Social Change
Research Methods and Analysis
Qualitative Research Methods
Total Credits3
Additional Courses 
Select three courses from the following:9-16
Legal Environment of Business
Roman Law and Society
Case Studies in Persuasion
Persuasion
Journalism Law
Mediating Conflict
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)
Introduction to Law and Society
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Controversial Legal Issues
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Law and Economics
Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
Law and Society
Law and Ethics of War
International Law and Organization
Administrative Law and Procedures
Healthcare Law
Family Law and Public Policy
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Sport and Recreation Law
Philosophy of Law
Religion and Law in the United States
Criminology
Sociology of Delinquency
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits9-16

Concentration in Liberal Arts for the Teaching Professions (LATP)

9 credits of ENGH, including ENGH 101 or ENGH 302 and one literature course9
3 credits of oral communication3
12 credits of natural science (must include a lab science and coursework from at least two scientific disciplines)12
12 credits of mathematics or statistics (only 3 credits of statistics or probability can be accepted)12
3 credits of ECON coursework3
3 credits of U.S. history3
3 credits of any GGS course3
3 credits of American government (GOVT 103 or 304)3
3 credits of HIST 100 or HIST 1253
3 credits of ARTH, AVT, MUSI, or THR coursework3
3 credits of PHIL, RELI, or FRLN coursework3
Minimum of 9 credits of EDCI, ECED, EDUC, EDLE, EDSE, or EDRD coursework9
Total Credits66

Concentration in Social Innovation (SINN)

Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework.

Core Courses
INTS 203Inquiry for Action: Facilitating Change (Mason Core)4-6
or INTS 450 Social Innovation in Action
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
Total Credits8-10
Social Impact
Select two courses from the following:6-8
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Youth, Music, Social Change
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Youth Resistance and Advocacy
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Problems and Solutions (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Total Credits6-8
Enterprise Course
Select two courses from the following:7-8
The Arts and Community Engagement
Social Entrepreneurship
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Total Credits7-8
Policy Course
Select one course from the following:3-6
Administration in the Political System
Public Policy Making
Digital Futures
Food Systems and Policy (Mason Core)
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Power, Politics, and Society
Total Credits3-6
Nonprofit Course
Select one course from the following:4
Nonprofit Financial Planning
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Principles of Fund Raising
Total Credits4
Ethics Course
Select one course from the following:3-4
Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)
Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy
Ethics and Leadership
Ethics and International Politics
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Business Ethics
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Theories of Ethics
Ethics and Economics
Total Credits3-4

Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

Students complete the following coursework:

Core Courses
INTS 334Environmental Justice (Mason Core)4
INTS 362Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)3
INTS 434Research for Social Change3
INTS 437Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)3
or INTS 438 Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Total Credits13
Electives
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Law and Justice (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Violence and Gender
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)
Women and Leadership
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Relevant coursework from AFAM, ANTH, COMM, CONF, CRIM, CULT, EVPP, FRLN, GLOA, GOVT, PHIL, PSYC, SOCI, WMST, and other coursework with advisor approval.
Total Credits18

Concentration in Social Science for Education (SSED)

ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
GGS 103Human Geography (Mason Core)3
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
HIST 121Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)3
HIST 125Introduction to World History (Mason Core)3
Select one course from the following:3
History of Virginia to 1800
History of Virginia Since 1800
Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
Select 9 credits of upper-division HIST coursework9
Select 6 credits of GGS coursework6
Select 15 credits from the following:15
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Total Credits51

Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

WMST 200Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)3
WMST 330Feminist Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Race3
WMST 410Feminist Approaches to Social Research3
or INTS 434 Research for Social Change
Queer and Sexuality Studies
Select one course from the following:3-4
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1
Queer Theory
Lesbian and Bisexual Theories
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Transnational Sexualities
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration
Challenging Pride: Bias Within the LGBTQ Community
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1
Race and Intersectionality
Select one course from the following:3-4
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism
Women During the Enslavement Era
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions
Other WMST special topics courses with advisor approval
Activism and Advocacy
Select one course from the following:3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Violence and Gender
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States
INTS special topics courses with advisor approval
History and Culture
Select one course from the following:3-6
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media
U.S. Women's History
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power
Philosophy, Race, and Gender
Women in the World's Religions
Women and Work
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism
Women During the Enslavement Era
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Other WMST special topics courses with advisor approval
Electives
Select four courses from the following:12-14
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Topics in Communication and Gender
Topics: Women and Literature
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
Women's Health
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)
Women and Leadership
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Psychology of Gender
Contemporary Gender Relations (Mason Core)
Contemporary Women Playwrights
Courses in above areas not already taken
Special Topics 2
Feminist Approaches to Social Research 2
Feminist Theories 2
Transnational Issues of Gender and Race 2
Total Credits33-41

Individualized Concentration (IND)

With approval of the executive director, students may construct an individualized concentration.30
Total Credits30

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.

The accelerated master's programs in the list below specify the BA in integrative studies as a feeder degree for their programs. It is important to note, however, that many accelerated master's programs are available for any bachelor's degree at Mason, including this one. See the full list of degrees with accelerated programs at George Mason.

Integrative Studies, BA (Social Science for Education Concentration)/Curriculum and Instruction, Accelerated MEd (Secondary Education History and Social Science Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's option and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies (concentration in social science for education) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (concentration in secondary education history and social science) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of 149 credits. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

This accelerated option is offered jointly by the School of Integrative Studies and the School of Education.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SEED 5403EDRD 6193
SEED 5673SEED 6673
 6 6
Total Credits 12

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students are able to apply two of the courses listed above to both the bachelor's and master's degrees. These courses are considered advanced standing for the MEd. A minimum grade of B must be earned to be eligible to count as advanced standing. The other two courses are taken as reserve graduate credit and do not apply to the undergraduate degree. Early in their final undergraduate semester, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to the CEHD Admissions Office and specify which of the four courses are to be designated as advanced standing and reserve graduate credit.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a master's in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

AnthropologyEnvironmental and Sustainability StudiesSociologyEnglishHistoryPhilosophyConflict Analysis and ResolutionPsychologyGovernment and International PoliticsIntegrative Studies, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights and one course chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of B in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the program. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Select up to 6 credits from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights6
Total Credits6